DONCASTER Knights will be aiming to bounce back from successive Championship defeats in today’s game against Esher at Castle Park (2.30pm).
The midweek defeat at Nottingham put paid to any outside hopes that Knights might have entertained of catching the fifth-placed Meadow Lane-based club.
Although Knights held on to sixth spot despite picking up just one point from the defeats at Rotherham and Nottingham, their South Yorkshire rivals are only three points adrift with two games to play.
“We need to win both our remaining games to be be certain of finishing sixth,” said Knights boss Lynn Howells. “We also want to be going into the play-offs with some momentum.”
Esher have missed out on the top-eight play-offs, and will instead feature in the four-team relegation battle, but Howells isn’t expecting them to just be going through the motions.
“Because the bottom four clubs will take points from games won into the play-offs, Esher will be looking to win both their games,” said Howells. “They have recently recruited a high-profile New Zealand flanker and they’ll be looking to come here and pick up a result.
“They are a loose team and like to throw the ball about and make it a non-structured game. What we have to do is to bring some structure to the game. We nearly didn’t manage it when we played down there, but we came away with the points.
“They’ll feel that they can score points against us and what we’ve got to do is to work hard on our defence and keeping the ball.”